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Creating an open and well-lit space that is illuminated with natural light

Kilternan Parish Church, which is in the Church of Ireland Diocese of Dublin, has been an essential pillar of the local community since 1826. In 2018, Reverend Rob Clements, Rector of Kilternan Parish and his parishioners, kick-started a project to extend its services and become a resource for a broad range of activities for people of all ages. To do this the church needed more space, which was proposed in the form of a multi-use community centre.

Architect Stephen Newell’s brief was to design a modern building with a range of amenities and a welcoming aesthetic that would not look out of place in the church grounds. What was developed was a naturally lit, 770m2 contemporary centre that includes facilities such as a large multi-use hall, a café and hospitality area.

28 VELUX Modular Skylights, including factory fitted, integral roller blinds to control glare, were installed by C&I Carpentry Ltd, a VELUX Commercial installation partner, in the main hall forming an atrium like design along the centre of the roof, and the bright, uplifting space that the client was seeking. 

To increase the levels of natural light throughout the rear of the café, 6 wall-mounted longlights were installed in this area, two of which are venting units that allow the hottest and stalest air to escape efficiently, reducing the need for energy-intensive air conditioning systems

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Products used in project

2 x Ridgelight 25°

Ridgelight 25-40°

A dual pitched rooflight for installation on a flat roof or at a roof apex.

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1 x Wall-mounted Longlight 15°

Wall-mounted Longlight 5-45°

A rooflight series used to connect different building heights with a flat roof as the base and a vertical wall at the top.

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Quantity of modules: 34

Special solution: Ridgelight solution

Ridgelight 25-40°

A dual pitched rooflight for installation on a flat roof or at a roof apex.

Illustration of Ridgelight solution Read more

Wall-mounted Longlight 5-45°

A rooflight series used to connect different building heights with a flat roof as the base and a vertical wall at the top.

Illustration of Wall-mounted Longlight solution Read more

Reverend Rob Clements

We are delighted with the development of the centre. The use of VELUX modular skylights has helped to create the light, harmonious feel we were seeking. Even during the days when it has been dark and cold outside, parishioners have commented on how bright and welcoming the centre is inside, especially the hall and cafe.

Stephen Newell

Stephen Newell Architects

Although this was the first-time specifying VELUX modular skylights, I have worked with VELUX on numerous occasions, so I was confident that the quality of the product and the professionalism of the team would be high.

Saving time and money with prefabricated modular skylights

In total, the modular skylights took just two days to install, resulting in the client benefitting from a reduction in installation costs and as the roof was closed sooner, other internal works could progress quicker, and the development completed on time.
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